The seven days of Chris Kelly: Day 1
Now that Chris Kelly has officially signed a deal keeping him in Boston for the next three seasons it’s time to honor the fourth greatest Bruin in Bruins history (Orr, Bourque, Neely) with the seven days of Chris Kelly.
Over the course of the next seven days Bruins Daily will be recapping some of the best moments in Chris Kelly’s Bruins career to date.
Today we start with Chris Kelly, the caged killer.
During the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, Kelly was shoved behind by Canadiens forward Scott Gomez during Game 3 of the Bruins opening playoff round against the hated Montreal Canadiens. Kelly went head first into the Canadiens goal post which left him with a pretty nice shiner under his right eye which forced Kelly to skate with a cage throughout the remainder of the series against the Habs, and as well as their four games against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round.
While wearing the cage for eight games, Kelly scored three times and added three goals, two of those three goals were very big goals for Kelly and his Bruins.
Down two games to one in the series against the Habs the Bruins faced a 4-3 deficit with less than 10 minutes to go in a game the Bruins had to win when Kelly attacked the dirty area and tied things up at 4. The Bruins would go on to win Game 4 after a Michael Ryder overtime goal, the goal was assisted by Kelly.
Later that series in a decisive Game 7 at the Garden, Kelly struck again.
With the Bruins and Habs knotted at two in the third period and time winding down, Kelly did it again as he beat Canadiens goalie Carey Price once again giving the Bruins the lead. Montreal would tie things up late in the third, but we all know how this one ended.
Here are those two huge Chris “Cageface” Kelly goals against the Canadiens.